Term Definition
angle a
wrestling "plot" which may involve only one match or may
continue over several matches for some time; the reason behind a feud or a
blade the
practice of cutting oneself or being cut with a part of a razor blade
hidden in tights, hair or wrappings in order to produce juice.
become fatigued or exhausted.
booker the
individual responsible for angles, finishes, hiring and firing in a
bump a
fall or hit done as a spot (see spot) which takes the wrestler (or other
participant, i.e. referee, manager) out of the ring or out of action.
card the
series of matches in one location at one time.
a wrestler eliminates every other man in the ring
draw to
attract fans. the popularity of a wrestler, the ability to bring in fans.
dud aparticularly
bad and totally uninteresting match.
face a
good guy.
fall a
referee’s count of three with the loser’s shoulders on the mat.
feud a
series of matches between two wrestlers or two tag teams. many times they
will interview and bad mouth the other wrestler.
finish the
event or sequence of events which leads to the ultimate outcome of a
garbage matches
or promotions that have no wrestling but pure violence.
green not
good due to inexperience in the ring.
blood produced by means other than blading, i.e. the hard way.
heat enthusiasm,
a positive response from fans.
heel a
bad guy, rule-breaker.
house the
wrestling audience in the building
wrestling event un-televised.
object, something now allowed in the ring.
job a
staged loss. a clean job is a staged loss by legal pinfall or submission
without resort to illegalities.
jobber an
unpushed wrestler who does jobs for pushed wrestlers. usually on a losing
juice blood.
kayfabe of
or related to inside information about the business, especially by fans.
it can also be called "to act the part"
mark a
member of the audience, presumed gullible and moronic. fans who do not
know anything about wrestling.
paper complimentary
tickets, given to fans to make the arena look as if it sold out.
pop sudden
heat from a house as a response to a wrestler’s entry or hot move.
post to
run or be run into the ringpost.
potato to
injure a wrestler by hitting him on the head or causing him to hit his
head on something.
push when
a wrestler starts to go on a winning streak and gets title shots. also
gets more interview time.
run-in interference
by a non-participant in a match.
save a
run-in to protect a wrestler from being beat up after a match is over.
screw-job a
match or ending which is not clean due to factors outside the
"rules" of wrestling.
sell "to
sell a move", meaning to act hurt when a move has been applied.
shoot the
real thing, i.e. a match where one participant is really attempting to
hurt another. the opposite of work or fake.
smark a
smart mark. a guy who thinks he knows everything there is to know about
wrestling. doesn’t care much for gimmicks or angles. just likes good
spot an
event or sequence of events which makes a particular match distinctive, a
high-point of a match.
squash a
totally passive job where one wrestler completely dominates another.
stable a
group of wrestler’s united to watch each other’s backs.
stiff a
wrestler who cannot manuever around the ring very swiftly. he doesn’t have
much flexibility or stamina
stretch a
form of shoot where one wrestler dominates rather than injures the other
as a proof of personal superiority.
give into a submission manuever
turn change
in orientation from heel to face or vice-versa.
tweener a
wrestler who is part heel and part face
work a
deception or fraud, the opposite of a shoot.
workrate the
approximate ratio of good wrestling to rest holds in a match or in a
wrestler’s performance.